Nottingham Forest will be looking to build upon their recent victory over Luton Town by securing a positive result against their arch-rivals Derby County at the City Ground tomorrow.
The Reds, who are currently fifth in the Championship standings, ought to be confident heading into this particular fixture having thumped the Rams 3-0 in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.
Whilst Forest did experience somewhat of a drop-off in form last month which saw them suffer back-to-back defeats to Wigan Athletic and Hull City, there is no reason why they cannot produce a memorable display for their supporters this weekend.
Although Derby have won their last four games at home, they have been extremely underwhelming on their travels this season.
Since beating Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on the opening day, the Rams have only managed to pick up three points from their last six away fixtures.
Here, we take a look at three things we expect to see in Forest’s clash with Derby tomorrow…
Brice Samba dominating his area
Since joining Forest for an undisclosed fee in the summer from Ligue 2 side SM Caen, Brice Samba has emerged as a mainstay in the club’s starting eleven.
One of their stand-out performers this season, the shot-stopper has played a key role in helping his side push on under the guidance of Lamouchi in the Championship.
Will Forest beat Derby in the East Midlands derby this weekend?
Providing that Samba is on top-form tomorrow, he will extremely difficult to beat and thus the Reds will have a fantastic chance of securing all three points at the City Ground.
Plenty of goals
When you consider that Forest and Derby have scored a combined total of 37 goals in the Championship this season, it would be somewhat of a shock if Saturday’s clash ends in a stalemate.
Whilst Lewis Grabban will be looking to add to his goal tally for the Reds, Chris Martin and Tom Lawrence will unquestionably pose a threat for the visitors.
If both sides show a willingness to attack, the fans in attendance could witness an enthralling East Midlands derby.
A home victory for Forest
Having picked up a confidence-boosting win over Luton last weekend, Forest should have enough quality to edge out Derby tomorrow.
With the Rams illustrating that they are simply incapable of producing the goods on a consistent basis away from home this year, they may struggle to match the Reds in terms of ability.
If Forest do indeed secure a third consecutive victory in this fixture, they could close the gap between them and the automatic promotion places depending on the outcome of results elsewhere.